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This comes down to psychics and mediums in a whole.
How far are we supposed believe that mediums go? With the host of Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, she gained this gift. Although, I doubt she'd ever say if she contacted the occult to gain this ability... She claims that the spirits come to her rather than her contacting them. Then she sees them everywhere and approaches the everyday stranger on the street.
Literally, as I type this... she was contacting a Catholic spirit and assured a a nervous Catholic woman that this contacting of spirits was okay.
When does the "entertainment" of psychics and mediums become too much? Is it sinful for a Catholic to assume what she (or any medium/mind reader/psychic) says is true?
Theresa Caputo is a fascinating individual and catholic, who uses her psychic abilities to pass messages on to people who have lost loved ones. While she appears to be doing good by moving these people's lives forwards, one has to question who or what is behind these impressions she is receiving.
In the book "Demons in Disguise" by Steve Wohlberg, the author refers to the story of King Saul, who fell out of God's favor by refusing to listen to God's prophet, Samuel. Upon Samuel's death, Saul was moved to seek a fortune teller (witch) before an impending battle and received a visit from an "apparition in the image of Samuel" and "words of prophecy".
..."Moreover," the demon declared (apparition), "the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the land of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines." This is precisely what happened (see 1 Sam. 31). Thus demons can-in a limited sense-sometimes foretell the future. Those who trust fortune tellers should be aware of this. Just because a person, or a spirit, accuratly predicts some pending event, this is no proof of divine inspiration."
God Himself has condemned the use of psychics and fortune tellers and we would be wise to take heed. The devil is the "father of lies" and can appear as an "angel of light" so it would be in our best interests to obey God and keep ourselves far removed from this kind of occult activitiy.
As for "dealing in the occult", many psychics are naturally gifted individuals who, unfortunately are being led by the voice of the devil. Having a gift of prophecy or "knowing" does not make one a "witch" or "fortune teller" as long as that gift is used for the glory of God. The problem is that most individuals are not able to discern the difference between what is good and evil until it is too late.